Meek Mill is Finally Free - Criminal Case Officially Closed

Meek Mill's controversial, years-long Philadelphia case has reached a conclusion.

Per a report from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Meek and prosecutors have reached a deal on the 2007 case in which Meek pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge. All other charges, meanwhile, have been dropped.

In a statement, Meek expressed gratitude to have finally reached the end of his long road toward justice. He also looked ahead to future reform efforts, pointing to how his case has helped push the mainstream conversation regarding criminal justice reform forward.

"I'm extremely grateful that my long legal battle is finally behind me and I appreciate that it has sparked a much-needed discussion about probation reform and the inequalities that exist within our two Americas," he said Tuesday. "I have always told the truth—that as a teenager, who saw many around me die from senseless gun violence, I carried a gun for protection. I take responsibility for that and—in conjunction with my work on the REFORM Alliance—I'll continue to use my platform to make communities safer and reform our criminal justice system."

Meek also shared specific shout-outs to JAY-Z and others who helped him along the way.

"I want to express my gratitude to all of my supporters, especially JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, Michael Rubin, my legal team, and everyone else who stood by me throughout the years," he said. "It's important that we now channel our energy into helping the millions that are unjustly trapped in our criminal justice system."